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Next Avenue: It’s never too late to get your finances in order—here’s how

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.

If you’re in your 50s or 60s and have put off managing your money or even learning how to do it, author John Schwartz feels your pain. The New York Times science writer was just like you until he decided, in his late 50s, enough was enough.

In his new, often surprisingly funny and highly practical book, “This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order,” Schwartz candidly reveals how much he needed to learn about subjects like investing and insurance estate planning; the time in 1996 when he and his wife, Jeanne (a school crossing guard), nearly went bankrupt; and how his family frequently has just barely managed to make ends meet over the years.

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